Headlines: Flash Floods Possible, Majority Favors Higher Minimum Wage...

Sep 16, 2014

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Flash Flood Watches Issued For Parts Of New MexicoThe Associated Press

Flash flood watches are in effect through Tuesday evening in parts of northern and central New Mexico along the Rio Grande and in the state's southwest mountains.

The National Weather Service says subtropical moisture will continue to increase on Tuesday, allowing slow-moving thunderstorms to develop during the afternoon and evening.

Forecasters say the storms will be capable of producing 1 to 3 inches of rain during short periods, creating the threat of flash flooding.

Thunderstorms also are expected Wednesday through Friday across most of northern and central New Mexico as remnants of Odile impact the state.

Poll: Majority Favors Higher Minimum Wage - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

A new poll of New Mexico likely voters finds that a majority favors increasing the state's current minimum hourly wage of $7.50.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the poll conducted for the newspaper found that 68 percent support an increase.

Of the overall survey group, 53 percent said the minimum wage should between $8 and $10 and 12 percent said it be more than $10.

Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a 2013 proposal to raise the statewide minimum wage to $8.50 an hour.

Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe are increasing the minimum wages in those cities.

The Journal's poll was conducted Sept. 9-11 and was based on telephone calls to 500 likely voters. The margin of error was 4.4 percentage points.

Court Schedules Hearing On Marijuana Question - The Associated Press

The state Supreme Court will consider whether New Mexico's largest county can put nonbinding questions about marijuana penalties and taxes on the November general election.

The state Supreme Court on Monday scheduled a hearing Sept. 23 in a legal challenge by Bernalillo County.

The court also issued an order to stop ballots from being finalized while the case is pending.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran decided last week that advisory questions, like ones proposed by two counties, can't be placed on the ballot.

Bernalillo and Santa Fe county commissioners have approved proposals to poll voters about their support for making possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil infraction.

Bernalillo County also wants an advisory question on a possible tax levy for mental health services.

Officials: Petroglyph Trails Trashed After Joyride - The Associated Press

Authorities say pathways at the Petroglyph National Monument have been damaged after someone took a joyride in hot-wired farm equipment.

KOAT-TV reports someone over the weekend rode a Bobcat up the trails, trashing equipment and pathways.

The damage came as officials worked to rebuild trails a year after damaging rains.

Diane Souder of the National Park Service says the trails are sacred area to the Pueblo people.

Officials say the suspect could face federal charges.

No arrests have been made.

Family In Fed Firearms Case Eyes High Court Help - The Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun-News

Three New Mexico family members convicted of making false statements connected to a firearms sting want the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case.

The Las Cruces Suns-News reports that defense attorneys for Rick Reese, his wife Terri Reese and their son Ryin Reese have petition that highest court in the nation after a federal appeals court denied them a new trial.

A jury convicted the three in August 2012 of making false statements on federal firearms-sales forms. They were acquitted of most of the charges that they sold weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

According to court filings, the Reese family members are hoping to avoid prison time.

Sentencing has not been scheduled.

New Mexico Governor Holds Texas Fundraiser - The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has traveled to Texas to raise money for her re-election campaign.

Martinez campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez said Martinez held a fundraiser on Monday in Midland, a West Texas community in the oil-producing Permian Basin.

The governor's campaign will pay for her travel costs.

Sanchez said Martinez was in California on Saturday for a Republican Governors Association conference at Newport Coast and she returned to New Mexico the next day. The association is to cover Martinez's travel expenses.

Martinez reported cash-on-hand of $3.8 million in her re-election account at the start of the month and Democratic challenger Gary King had a balance of almost $158,000.

No Boil Water Advisory For Farmington Residents - The Associated Press and Daily Times

The boil water advisory for Farmington residents now has been canceled.

City officials announced Monday afternoon that tests to determine if there was bacterial contamination of Farmington's water were negative.

The Daily Times reported earlier that there was a mechanical failure Sunday at a water treatment plant.

City officials say a small amount of untreated lake water was mixed with a large amount of treated water. They say the problem was quickly discovered and that they immediately acted to flush the contaminated water from the system.

Residents originally were told to use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making coffee or ice, preparing food and brushing their teeth until further notice.